He’s big, he’s green, he’s grumpy… and his swamp has just been invaded by a bunch of fairytale misfits. That’s right – it’s everyone’s favourite ogre, who’s stomping into the Peoples Theatre in Shrek: The Musical Jr during the June-July school holidays.
Following its record-breaking production of Disney’s The Jungle Book Jr, the Peoples Theatre in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, is thrilled to present this funky modern fairytale, making the long-awaited leap from screen to stage.
Opening on 1 June 2015 and ending with a jolly green flourish on 2 August 2015, this show is a must-see for children and adults who fell in love with the hilarious yet heart-warming movie.
Shrek: The Musical Jr is based on the 2001 Oscar-winning animated comedy by the DreamWorks production stable. Adapted for the stage and featuring a vibrant cast of South African professional actors, this laugh-a-minute production will be directed by the Peoples Theatre’s “dream team” of Jill Girard and Keith Smith.
Come and join Shrek, the wise-cracking Donkey and a host of familiar fairytale characters as they set out to rescue the feisty Princess Fiona from a dragon-guarded tower – while at the same time saving the kingdom from the clutches of the evil Lord Farquaad. Expect heaps of laughter, action, unexpected twists and sensational musical favourites along the way.
Andile Magxaki stars as Shrek, with Jana Louw as Princess Fiona. Kyra Green, Palesa Makhalima, Thiart Li, Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri, Christopher Vale and Jessica Willmore also star as an array of colourful characters in this fantasy romp.
Billed as “part romance and part twisted fairy-tale”, Shrek: The Musical Jr promises rollicking, energetic fun for the whole family. So, head along to the “big, bright, beautiful world” of Shrek, bursting with imaginative sets and costumes, and you’ll walk out being a true “believer”!
School bookings for this production are filling up quickly, so book soon to avoid disappointment. Call the Peoples Theatre on (011) 403-1563 / 403-2340 or visit www.joburgtheatre.com or www.peoplestheatre.co.za. You can also join the Peoples Theatre Facebook page for exciting updates or information on productions.
The Kids’ Club:
Children who join the Kids’ Club for just R95 a year receive discounted rates on tickets and also get to enjoy free entrance to a show that falls closest to their birthday. Kids Club members receive fun newsletters and stand to win fabulous prizes in exciting competitions. Ask for details and application forms at the theatre.